361 Degrees, if you haven’t already heard of them, are one of the biggest running shoe brands in China. In England, they’re significantly less well known, although they are becoming more commonplace in races around the country.
The latest shoe from the brand is the Spire 4, a neutral shoe featuring a number of design upgrades to the previous versions. I’ve spent the last few weeks testing it out over 5k to 15k distances, including two 10k races to see if they’re worth taking a look at.
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You can see the full video I’ve done for The Run Testers below. However, if you haven’t got time to sit through the whole video, I’ll give you the highlights.
Overall, I liked running in the Spire 4. It’s a really capable all-round shoe that works well in training and on race day. It doesn’t particularly excel at anything and I wouldn’t choose it if I was specifically buying a shoe for racing or a high mileage shoe for training, but I would consider it as a durable Jack of all trades if I was only planning on buying one pair of shoes for all my running.
The only feature which is worth noting is the slightly hard midsole cushioning which, although I had no qualms about it, could cause an issue for those used to softer cushioning over longer runs.
Here’s the full review. Let me know if you have any queries in the comments.
The full details of the shoe via the 361 Degrees website are:
- Upper features a breathable knitted upper with a roomier vamp promoting more ventilation and natural foot movement.
- MORPHIT construction in the mid-foot and heel to provide a comfortable, secure and supportive environment.
- Pressure Free Tongue is designed to provide comfort and avoid irritation during flexion.
- Ortholite insoles utilize 20% recycled content while still retaining the performance fit and comfort that runners want.
- The QU!K Spine is a carbon fiberglass shank that adds linear integrity to the mid-foot.
- QU!K Flex 4Foot Engineering provides for a natural and balanced toe-off and enhances ground contact for better acceleration.
- QU!K Spring+, an EVA foam designed to provide more rebound and comfort in a lightweight package.
- QU!KFOAM, a midsole material comprised of an EVA rubber blend with PU coating that provides excellent durability, cushioning and responsiveness.
The 361 Spire 4 can be quite tricky to buy in the UK at the moment, but you can find them on the main website at €159.99.